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Māori news stories for the week ending 15 March 2013

  • The Chief Executive of Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation [PKW], has indicated that the Taranaki-based farming entity is reducing profit forecasts down by $1.5 million, due to the current drought.  A profit of $2.6 million is still predicted this financial year.  Parininihi ki Waitotara is the largest Māori-owned dairy farm, but also has interests in other commercial sectors.
  • St Stephens ‘Old Boys’ and supporters are holding a hui to discuss potential re-opening of the school.  The hui will be held in Auckland on 6 April 2013.
  • This week the Lawyers and Coveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal stuck off John Rangitauira from the roll of barristers and solicitors, for bring the profession into disrepute. In 2011 Mr Rangitauira was found guilty of obtaining by deception circa $800,000 in funds from, and bank loans to, Te Houoterangi Trust.   Mr Rangitauira was then dispossessed of the money he illegally received through an e-mail scan.  At the time of Mr Rangitauira offending he was the chairman, trustee, and solicitor to the trust.
  • The Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board is requesting new legislation to protect its role be enacted before the end of this calendar year.  This is in response to their Waitangi Tribunal claim. (Pānui edition 36/2012 provides details on this).  In our assessment, although changes in how Crown agencies such as the Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri work with the National Trust could be useful legislative amendments, overall why a private organisation would want to come under the direct legislative purview is unclear.  (That is, there could be some risk of increased Government oversight, as has occurred in tertiary education when the three iwi wānanga became Crown entities in the 1990s.)  We will advise further once more information on the proposed legislation is made available.

Māori news stories for the weeks ending 13 and 20 July 2012

  • Timoti Te Heuheu passed away last Thursday.
  • Philip Broughton (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu) has been appointed as a member of the Education New Zealand Board.
  • Dr Selwyn Katene (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Tama) has been appointed as the Massey University Assistant Vice-Chancellor – Māori and Pasifika.
  • Enid Ratahi–Pryor (Ngāti Awa) has been appointed to the Housing New Zealand Corporation Board. 
  • On Monday Nelson’s first Kura Kaupapa Māori was opened, (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi).
  • Last weekend an official opening was held for Pipiriki forest, Taranaki.  (Pipiriki is twenty hectares of Māori owned wetland. The area has been fenced and stock-proofed with assistance from the Māori Trustee, Te Puni Kōkiri, and other organisations.)
  • Last Monday the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, confirmed that $1 million would be invested into He Toki 2.0, a Canterbury Māori Trade-Training initiative.  He Toki 2.0 will be offered through Te Tapuae o Rēhua with support from Te Puni Kōkiri, which will oversee the initiative, along with the Ministry for Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission.
  • On Monday the Glenn Family Foundation announced the launch of the ‘Otara Project’.  The project is focused on child and community wellbeing (reducing child abuse and domestic violence), and will receive $8 million from the Foundation.  The Glenn Family Foundation has pledged $80 million to national initiatives of this nature.
  • Te Whānau ā Apanui and Greenpeace are appealing the High Court’s decision not to overturn a permit to drill for oil off the East Cape, which has been issued to Petrobras (a Brazilian oil company).  The Gisborne District Council has also approved, without public notification, a consent for TAG Oil and the Apache Corporation to construct an oil drilling platform on a property north-east of Te Karaka.
  • Enviroschools Taranaki and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre have signed new agreements to provide agricultural training on Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation farms.